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Logansport Criminal Defense Lawyer

Protecting Your Rights In Indiana Criminal Court

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you should never plead guilty without first seeking legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C., we aggressively defend your rights against criminal charges in Logansport, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. With nearly a decade of legal experience, attorney Matthew D. Barrett will go the extra mile to defend you against criminal charges and minimize the consequences of a criminal conviction.

View our law firm's record of justice in Indiana criminal defense cases.

Preparing Every Case As If It Will Go To Trial

Our Logansport criminal defense attorney defends clients in state and federal court against misdemeanor and felony charges. We have experience representing clients accused of various crimes, including:

  • Assault and battery
  • Murder or homicide
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • White collar crimes
  • Other felonies and misdemeanors

Plea negotiations can save time and expense, and we will work hard to reach a favorable agreement. However, occasionally trial is necessary to protect our clients' rights. We have extensive litigation experience, and we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. We also assist clients with sentence modifications, appeals and post-conviction relief.

Investigating Police Procedure

Criminal defense cases often hinge on how well the police followed proper procedures. Mr. Barrett can identify any ways the police may have violated your constitutional rights or proper legal procedure. In some cases, such violations can lead to the complete dismissal of a defendant's case.

Here are a few examples:

  • DUI cases often involve an error with the breath test. Sometimes these tests are faulty; other times officers fail to operate breath tests correctly.
  • Drug possession cases involve search and seizure issues. If police officers search your home without probable cause or a warrant, there is the possibility of excluding the evidence against you. If police ask to search your property, always decline and request to speak with a lawyer first.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer knows how to look for these elements of your defense. Even if you believe the evidence is overwhelmingly against you, we will work to find the weaknesses in the prosecution's case and minimize the consequences if you are convicted.

Criminal Record Expungement

Indiana’s new criminal record expungement law became effective July 1, 2013, which is quickly becoming known as the “second chance” law. The new law allows those eligible individuals with prior misdemeanor and certain felony convictions to petition a court to expunge their criminal records.

The new law states that a person whose record is expunged “shall be treated as if the person had never been convicted of the offense.” Not only is the new law beneficial for those Hoosiers who are having difficulty trying to find employment and pursing educational goals because of a prior criminal conviction, but the expungement of criminal records under the new law will also restore the civil rights of the person whose conviction has been expunged. This means that if you or someone you know has been convicted of a felony, and that felony is expunged, that individual will again be allowed to do things like vote, hold public office, serve as a juror, or to the extent not prohibited by federal law, to own or possess a firearm.

Those who have made a mistake or wrong choice and paid their debt to society should be given a second chance to enjoy their lives and provide for their families. Attorney Barrett is prepared to evaluate your case to determine if you qualify to have your criminal record expunged. Please contact us to set up a free consultation.

Free Consultation With Our Drug Charge Attorney

We invite you to call 574-516-6188 or toll free at 800-523-5099, or contact us by email to schedule a free initial consultation with experienced criminal defense attorney Matthew D. Barrett. Weekend appointments are available upon request. We will also visit you in jail or elsewhere by appointment.

Record of Justice

Civil Cases

At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C., we are committed to maximizing compensation and financial recoveries for our clients.

In cases of personal injury, wrongful death, and all other injury matters, we put lots of time and experience behind every case.

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Criminal Cases

At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C., we are dedicated to ensuring justice and due process for the accused.

We always approach each criminal defense case with an eye toward obtaining a not-guilty verdict at trial.

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Million Dollar Advocates Forum MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice Brain Injury Association of Indiana Indiana State Bar Association Indiana Trial Lawyers Association The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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